Sinkhole closes Highway 97 at Vernon

Sinkhole closes Highway 97 at Vernon

Postby coffeeFreak » May 30th, 2017, 11:03 pm

Sinkhole closes Highway 97 at Vernon


Highway 97 has been shut down at the bottom of Vernon’s Hospital Hill until further notice.

A sinkhole has opened up in the northbound lanes near the entrance to Polson Park.

The southbound lanes were shutdown as a precaution, as Vernon Creek flows under all four lanes.

Captain Reinhard Mann from Vernon Fire Rescue said the hole under the pavement is larger than can be seen at pavement level.

“The ground has been undermined right next to the creek culvert, and right now the hole underground is about 12 feet by 40 feet,” Mann said.

Mann says a hole about four feet in diameter was visible on the surface.

He says there were no injuries from the incident.

“I’m surprised there isn’t a vehicle there because it’s a big hole.”
Emergency officials have been detouring vehicles around the site, using 34 Street, Mission Road and College Way through Coldstream.

Mann expected the highway to be closed most of the night.

“Until they can get engineers to assess the southbound lanes to make sure they’re safe, they will be staying closed,” Mann said.
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Re: Sinkhole closes Highway 97 at Vernon

Postby Jflem1983 » May 31st, 2017, 6:32 am

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Re: Sinkhole closes Highway 97 at Vernon

Postby bornhere63 » May 31st, 2017, 7:45 am

Thanks to all the men and women who worked through the night to reopen the road so efficiently. Well-deserved overtime pay, I'd say.
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Re: Sinkhole closes Highway 97 at Vernon

Postby mexi cali » May 31st, 2017, 8:48 am

I was recently wondering aloud why we hadn't seen any holes open up with all the rain. Glad no one was hurt.
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Re: Sinkhole closes Highway 97 at Vernon

Postby Barney Google » Jun 3rd, 2017, 7:31 pm

Went to Armstrong this morning. Sink hole was fixed up great! No traffic issues.
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